21 Jun 2024
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Higher EV costs outweigh environmental benefits say carbuyers

39% of drivers said they believe the environmental benefits of EVs justify their higher cost according to a new survey by Europcar Mobility Group, but paradoxically 54% said it was this very cost that was holding them back from buying one.

38% went on to say they would be wary of buying an EV unless they could test-drive one for weeks at a time. 31% then said there was nothing appealing about EVs.

Commenting on the results of the survey, Europcar Mobility Group UK Sustainability Spokesperson Mark Newberry said: “Despite the growing popularity of EVs, our research shows they are still out of reach for more than half of new and used car buyers. However, increased interest in EVs reflects the broader trend towards eco-friendly choices which is a promising sign for reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the environmental impact of personal transportation. Now the challenge is to get more people on board.”

Commenting on her experiences using a Mercedes EQA supplied by Europcar, TV presenter Amanda Lamb said: “I’ve always been a creature of habit for years driving similar size, similar makes of car and always using petrol in my travel presenter career. Driving an EV was pleasantly refreshing and has definitely opened up my eyes to the benefits as well as the superior comfort.”